The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. Periods usually start to become less frequent over a few months or years before they stop altogether. Sometimes they can stop suddenly. The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years. There are three stages a woman will go through for example:
Peri Menopause – Can last 6 years, ends 1 year after your final period. Usually occurs in your forty’s, Estrogen. levels dip irregularly. Periods become more unpredictable and less frequent.
Menopause – You have officially reached menopause when you are period free for twelve straight months with a doctor’s confirmation this is not due to another medical condition. The average age of menopause for a woman is 52 years old. Estrogen levels drop dramatically causing certain natural changes in the body. Including hot flushes and bone loss.
Post Menopause – Any time after the menopause is post menopause. Post usually begins in a woman’s fifties. Estrogen levels continue to drop, causing certain natural changes in the body, Including hot flushes and bone loss.
Symptoms vary from person to person. The common symptoms when nearing menopause may include:
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Heavy bleeding might occur for a day or two
- Excessive sweating during night
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness, itching and pain during sexual intercourse
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Mood swings
- Weight gain due to uneven fat distribution
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